Melbourne dream pop duo Gypsy and the Cat are all about future music but that isn't a statement on the monster dance festival they've been asked to play for the second time.
To Xavier Bacash and Lionel Towers, future music represents a sophomore album, The Late Blue, due out next Friday, and the prospect of moving on from difficulties in the past.
The pair seemingly had the world on a plate in 2010, signed to Sony on a five-album deal, with the first of those albums, Gilgamesh, cracking the ARIA top 10.
It produced hits such as Jona Vark, Piper's Song and Time to Wander - all three making Triple J's Hottest 100 for that year - and would go on to be named in the yoof network's definitive list of the top Australian albums of all time.
"And then the guy who signed us (to Sony) and all his team got fired," Bacash recalls.
"People think, once you've signed a record deal, you're on that label for life but new people come in and out and you've got to convince them and find champions again. It was at the point, through no fault of anyone's, that, because of the way the industry is going, no one in the building knew anything about us. So we couldn't get any funding for film clips or tour supports, we literally had to pay for everything. It took our lawyer six months to get us out of the deal.
"I remember having a chat to one music director at Sony and saying, like 'This is our life, mate'."
And it was a life stymied by financial restrictions that made international touring prohibitively expensive - at least until late last year when they finally had the chance to play for fans in Europe and Japan.
Label frustrations aside, the 24-year-old admits he has also moved on musically from the Gilgamesh era.
"I was 20 when I wrote that record," he says. "There is some charm in the songs that I'm still proud of writing but I've definitely moved on from all that. It served a purpose."
Growing up fast in the face of industry adversity may prove to be a boon for Gypsy and the Cat, with the experience leading them to release The Late Blue on their own label. Recorded on Bacash's family farm, but mixed by New York producer Dave Fridmann (MGMT, Flaming Lips), the album reveals growth in an artistic sense.
"And that's the thing; people say 'Write another Joan of Arc' and I'm like 'No, it's not what I want to do any more'," Bacash says. "People bought into us because they liked what we did creatively, so follow us through the journey and we'll take you somewhere."
Influences on the LP range from 60s psych-pop progenitors the Zombies to Gorillaz and excellent second single Bloom provides an insight into what Joy Division might have sounded like if they grew up in California listening to the Beach Boys.
The track climbed to No. 3 on music blog tracking site The Hype Machine and will be a featured track on the US iTunes store - not bad for an independent Australian band.
Speaking to Bacash, it is clear he's an artist with ambition, who has learnt from past troubles but isn't burdened by them and has a clear vision for the future.
And only a fool would think the future for Gypsy and the Cat is anything other than bright.The Late Blue is out next Friday. Gypsy and the Cat play Capitol on November 2 and Future Music on March 3.